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According to TSN’s “Insider Trading”, the joint committee consisting of NHL and NHLPA personnel designated to make plans for the 2020-21 season has not yet met because the league is still gathering information from each of the 31 teams. 10 players will be on the committee.
There is an NHL GMs’ meeting slated for this Friday. According to NHL insider Pierre Lebrun, the GM’s are very interested to know what will happen with the AHL season, which is currently scheduled to begin on Friday, December 4.
According to the insiders, AHL president Scott Howson admits that the AHL start date may slip again in order to better align with the new NHL estimated start date of January 1. NHL GMs are growing concerned and want their prospects back on the ice as soon as possible.
LeBrun also stated that the NHL and the players’ association have “tentatively” agreed to allow the seven teams that did not participate in this summer’s Stanley Cup Playoffs to report earlier and hold longer training camps than the remaining 24 teams that participated in the postseason. Those seven teams have not played hockey since early March.
The clubs’ general managers reportedly requested the extra training camp time in August. While final details are still unknown, the original proposal reportedly requested a minimum of two additional weeks of camp.
Finally, Frank Seravalli said that there is “no answer” on whether player salaries will be prorated if there is a shortened season and that there has been “very little talk” regarding this, but that the two sides have agreed to discuss the topic.
By Harrison Brown